Have your say on hospital proposals

Mike Sparks a former asbestos inspector outside Heanor hospital.
Mike Sparks a former asbestos inspector outside Heanor hospital.

Health bosses have urged residents to have their say on the future of health services in Heanor during a 90-day consultation period.

People are invited to two meetings to be held on Thursday, August 7, to voice their views on plans to bulldoze the asbestos-riddled town’s hospital and replace it with a new £2.5 million health unit.

The meetings, to beheld by the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical 
Commissioning Group (CCG), are taking place as part of the public 
consultation launched on 
Friday, July 11.

Andy Layzell, chief officer of the CCG, said it was crucial that people gave their views.

He said: “It is important to stress that we need the views of local people – this is their town after all. We want to accommodate for the needs of the people in Heanor.

“We look forward to 
meeting with local 
people from Heanor and 
surrounding areas. The 
purpose of this consultation is to see what people think and how we might be able to address their concerns.

“The meetings on 7th August are an 
important part of this 
process and I would urge 
people to book their place.”

The meetings will be held at All Saints’ Church, Marlpool from 2pm to 4pm and at Heanor Town Hall from 6pm to 8pm.

The consultation period follows a public meeting, in May, where the CCG proposed that the existing 
hospital on Ilkeston Road should be replaced with a brand new NHS centre on the current site.

Health bosses will also be attending the Heanor 
community fairs in August and September, which are held on the first Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm, at St Lawrence Church, where they will take feedback on the plans.

The consultation period runs until Friday, October 8, and a final decision will be made in November.

People will need to book their place at one of the events as space is limited. 
Places can be booked by 
calling 01332 868677 or 
emailing enquiries@southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk People can also have their say online, by email or post.

The formal hospital report is available online at www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk.

The new site will offer a range of outpatient services including care for dementia.